Smart meters cost more than they save

The ‘Daily Mail’ reports that smart meters in the United Kingdom will cost more than the savings customers make.

The Public Accounts Committee said the average cost of installing 53million of the devices over five years could amount to £215 per household, or £43 a year, with the expense added to bills.

But over the same period, households can expect to shave only around £26 a year off their bills, MPs said.

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Mobile firms face billion-dollar lawsuits – will this mark the end of the biggest public health cover up of our times?

This story starts in Italy in 2012 with Italy’s supreme court upholding a ruling that said there was a link between a business executive’s brain tumour and his heavy mobile phone usage. The court ruled that scientific evidence in support of the Italian man’s claim was reliable and based on research that was independent and “unlike some others, was not co-financed by the same companies that produce mobile telephones.”

Fast forward to 2014 and move to the United States, where some of the world’s largest mobile phone companies are facing billion-dollar lawsuits brought by brain tumour victims. The biggest ever legal assault on the industry will seek to prove that mobile phone handsets can cause cancer and that FIRMS MAY HAVE DELIBERATELY COVERED UP CRUCIAL MEDICAL INFORMATION.

If the American litigation is successful, mobile phone companies will face crippling bills for compensation. What will this mean for Australian mobile carriers? How will this affect the legitimacy of the Victorian power distributors’ decision to use wireless technologies for their smart meters?

As investors digest the news, billions have already been wiped off the share values of some international wireless industry giants.

The pressure is now firmly on and it may well lead to the bubble of secrecy bursting and the truth FINALLY leaking out that wireless technologies are not so safe after all. It will be interesting to watch how the wireless industry’s spin doctors attempt to down play this announcement.

Interesting times ahead!

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More smart meter fires

Following Stop Smart Meters Australia’s report last month ‘Canadian utility company directed to remove all smart meters in Sascatchewan province’ more news has come to light of smart meters going up in flames.

Lakeland Electric in Florida will soon begin replacing 10,657 residential smart meters over concerns they might overheat. Six of their meters have caught fire during the past year, according to Lakeland Electric’s General Manager.

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More reports of US smart meter fires

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EMF summit

EMFsummit imageJoin thousands of people for a free online EMF Summit starting Tuesday 2nd September (US time) and continuing every Tuesday until December. Each week is a new video interview. Learn more about electromagnetic radiation, health and solutions.

As each video is released (Wednesday Australian time) you have 48 hours in which to watch the video as many times as you like.

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Speakers are :
Dr. Samuel Milham, epidemiologist (as in Take Back Your Power)
Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist (as in Take Back Your Power)
Barrie Trower, former consultant to MI5 and MI6
Dr. Martin Blank, researcher of DNA damage caused by EMF
Dr. Ross Anderson, EMF consultant & retired physician
Dave Stetzer, dirty electricity expert and retired military electrician
Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, acclaimed nutritionist and author
Farren Lander, electropollution consultant
…and more.

Video schedule

Sept 2

  • Dirty Electricity: How We Can Co-exist With This Powerful Technology and Its Inherent Dangers

with Dr. Samuel Milham the physician-epidemiologist who first alerted the world about electromagnetic exposure in various careers and the link to human disease

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SSMA advocates for a separate regulatory body to monitor electromagnetic radiation emission levels

ACMA Media Release September 2014

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Lights finally back on for Cheltenham woman who removed her smart meter – Moorabbin Kingston Leader

AFTER 155 days in the dark and battling United Energy over their smart meters, Sofia Telemzouguer’s power is finally back on — albeit temporarily.

Her Cheltenham home was reconnected after VCAT ordered her power provider United Energy to switch her electricity back on.

She and her daughter Larissa, 16, were disconnected in March when the company found out Ms Telemzouguer had taken out her home’s smart meter, claiming it was making her ill, and replaced it with an analog meter.

Since the disconnection they had been living by candlelight and without the ability to refrigerate food, which led Ms Telemzouguer to approach the VCAT’s Human Rights Division.

The respite is temporary, however, with the interim order lasting only until March next year, when she is set to have her hearing.

Ms Telemzouguer removed the initial smart meter after she claimed the electromagnetic waves were affecting her health.

People Power Victoria — No Smart Meters spokesman Marc Florio said it was a “correct and welcome decision”.

He said it was “outrageous” that Ms Telemzouguer had needed to go to court to get a manually read meter.

“The deplorable situation Ms Telemzouguer found herself in is the direct result of the State Government policy, both Labor and Liberal, to force smart meters onto peoples homes,” Mr Florio said.

“We support the actions Ms Telemzouguer has taken to regain her electricity supply in a form that is not detrimental to her health.”

The meter installed temporarily at her house has had its radio frequency chip removed, so it has to be read manually rather than continually sending out updates via radio signals.

Ms Telemzouguer did not want to comment as she was worried it might affect her case.

Troels Sommerville, Moorabbin Kingston Leader

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Who should pay for extra smart meter infrastructure costs?

After a smart meter was installed on her house ‘Joan’ experienced repeated surges on the house’s wiring whenever she boiled the electric kettle.  This went on for over a year with no attempt by her power distributor to fix the situation.  Then one morning, a power distributor representative arrived at her door and said that they were doing a street check.  Shortly after, they told Joan they need to turn off her house’s electricity for 15 minutes to conduct further tests.  5 minutes later, they told Joan that she has to pay for an electrician to repair her mains and they will not restore the power until she does so.

Amidst howls of protest that she was not forewarned that she would have her electricity disconnected and that there had been no problems with her household wiring until the smart meter was installed, the power distributor workers expected Joan to be grateful that they had just prevented her house from burning down.  Never mind that it could have burned down any time in the past year or so.

Joan was left without any electricity at all for more than 24 hours.  Plus she was left with a hefty electrician’s bill for work apparently made necessary by the installation of a smart meter.  And meanwhile, the power distributor had held its hand out for a $362 after hours call out fee, which Joan refused to pay.

Who should pay for these extra smart meter infrastructure costs?  Everyone of us is already paying for the smart meter that the power distributors get to claim that they own.  Why should some people be required to pay thousands of dollars in order to enable their house’s wiring and mains to cope with a meter that places significantly more stress upon the wiring than an analogue meter does?

The National Smart Meter Infrastructure Report (4 Feb, 2013) reported on the rollout of smart meters across Australia.  While comparing the Victorian mandated rollout with the more voluntary rollout of other states, the report says on page 9-114:

9.3.2 Existing Infrastructure
One of the issues that smart meter deployments face is that they can highlight problems with wiring/ switchboards etc on the customer side of the connection. This is normally the  responsibility for the customer to maintain. However, where the only reason that this cost has emerged is the rollout of smart meters it is difficult to impose the cost on customers. This is more of an issue for a mandatory programme as voluntary programmes can skip some customers with wiring problems and meters required for Solar may be able to require customers to fix the infrastructure.


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